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Mustang Production Numbers & Facts
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Virtually every day we receive numerous phone calls from Mustang enthusiasts who are curious as to just how rare their classic Mustang might be. One measurement of rarity, of course, is how many similar Mustangs were produced. Below you will find the production numbers for all 1965 through 1973 Mustangs by body type.

There are no records available for 1964-1/2 through 1966 Mustangs that would provide detail such as the number made with a particular color combinations or number made with a certain interior color. Today, for 1964-1/2 through 1966 Mustangs only production numbers are available.

1967 through 1973 is a completely different story. Very accurate production figures are available by color, engine, interior, options, etc. This detailed information is available through Marti Auto Works (623-935-2558). The nice people at Marti Auto Works can provide just about anything you want to know about 1967 through 1973 Mustangs. They do charge a fee for their reports but the prices are very reasonable and the documentation very valuable when documenting your Mustang's rarity.


   03/09/64 - Production begins Dearborn, Michigan assembly plant - F
   04/17/64 - Mustang sales begin
   05/08/64 - First adjustable passenger seat
   06/01/64 - Shelby's revamping begins
   07/13/64 - Production begins San Jose, California assembly plant - R
   07/31/64 - Last documented 1964-1/2
   08/01/64 - First documented 1965
   08/17/64 - Believed to be last 1964-1/2
   08/20/64 - Engine change 5 to 6 bolt

   01/27/65 - Shelby introduced for sale
   02/01/65 - Production begins Metuchen, New Jersey assembly plant - T
   02/28/65 - First documented GT built
   04/17/65 - GT vehicle sales begin
   08/16/65 - Begin production of 1966 model in Dearborn and San Jose
   08/25/65 - Begin production of 1966 model in Metuchen

   01/01/66 - DSO (district sales office) codes changed
   02/03/66 - Earliest Sprint 200
   03/02/66 - One millionth Mustang
   03/08/66 - Engine change; valve train

  1. Buck Tags were used in Dearborn and Metuchen; Broadcast Sheets were used in all three assembly plants
  2. Consecutive unit numbers are not necessary built in that order but rather were the ordered sequence.
  3. Mustangs built between 3/64 and 8/64 are considered 1965 Mustangs and titled as such.
1964-1/2 WORLD'S FAIR
Twelve 1964-1/2 wimbledon white convertibles with red interiors, which were equipped with 260 V8, auto and front and rear seat belts, were used on the revolving line at the 1964 World's Fair. The DSO for all of these vehicles was 840027. After the fair, in November 1964, they were returned to Detroit for resale. Only one is known in existence.

INDY 500 PACE CARS - 1964
There were three identical actual Pace Cars - Convertible 289 V8 K-codes with beefed up suspension and painted with a "special" white code C paint. All three cars had blue stripes and door decals. There were 225 replica cars produced; 35 convertibles with 289 V8 D-code (auto and/or 4-speeds with P/S) with the wimbeldon white paint and either a red or white with blue interiors; the remaining 190 Pace car replicas were hardtop with F-260 V-8 engine and automatic transmissions. The hardtops were painted with the "special" white paint (code C). All the replicas had special Indy 500 graphics on the doors and blue stripes made by 3M. The hardtop replica cars were given to dealers who won a Checker Flag contest or discounted to dealers who won the Green Flag contest. The convertibles were returned to Ford and sold to dealers who offered the highest bid.

The Sprint 200 was a sale stimulator in January 1966 for Mustangs with 6 cylinder, 200 cubic inch engines. Ford could not produce enough V8 engines and this promotion helped. The Sprints were equipped with a 200 c.i., 6 cylinder chrome air cleaner cover, wire wheel covers, accent pin stripe and a center console.

These anniversary Mustang hardtops were painted "Anniversary Gold" and one was given to each Ford Sales District. All Anniversary Mustangs were assembled in San Jose on March 29, 1966 with DSO 33111.

These cars were exported to West Germany and cold not use the "Mustang" name because it was already being used by a German truck company. These vehicles were built with a heavy duty suspension for the European roads and all references to Mustang removed. There were eight places where Mustang was displaced: 4 wheel covers, 2 front fenders, gas cap, and the steering wheel horn cover. A rectangular T5 emblem was used to replace the "Mustang" fender badge. The running horse in the grill, and on the fenders and glove box stayed. Most of these vehicles have a DSO code 90 through 99.